Invocabit—First Sunday in Lent
21 February 2021
Jesus Does Battle in Our Place
In the Garden, man exalts himself to be a god in place of God (Genesis 3.1–21). He succumbs to the temptation of the devil, and eating of the forbidden fruit, he receives death. But in the sin-cursed wilderness, God humbles Himself to become man in place of man (St. Matthew 4.1–11). He does not eat but fasts and bears the onslaughts of the devil for us that we may be restored to life. Though outwardly Jesus appears weak, yet He comes in the name of the Lord of hosts. He draws from the five smooth stones of the books of Moses and slings the Word of God. The stone sinks into the forehead, and the enemy falls. In Christ we are victorious over the devil. Let us therefore not receive the grace of God in vain (2 Corinthians 6.1–10), but seeing that we have a great High Priest, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain help in time of need.
Invocabit The First Sunday in Lent takes its name “Invocabit” from the first words of the Introit in Latin, “He shall call” (Psalm 91.15).
Lent is a good time to begin or increase participation in worship and catechesis. Invite your friends and family who have not been to Divine Service in a while, and resolve to attend each Sunday and Wednesday in Lent to receive Christ’s gifts in Preaching and His Supper.
Lent Vespers is on Wednesday at 7pm, with the theme “Into His Death and Resurrection: On Holy Baptism.” This Wednesday we will mediate on “What is baptism?”
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study Join us at 9am each Sunday. Adult Bible Class is studying the Gospel according to St. Luke. The high school class is studying the differences between Lutheran theology and other denominations with Vicar in the library.
School Research Committee to study the feasibility of starting a school at Immanuel is being launched by the Board of Parish Education. Interested? Come to the first meeting on Tuesday at 7pm in the Parish Center. The meeting will include the viewing of the Circe Institute’s webinar How to Build a Classical School to get discussion started. Questions? Email Joe Eckardt (email@example.com).
Coffee Break Bible Study is on Wednesday mornings, with Matins at 8:30am and the study following at 9am. This week we are studying 2 Samuel 3-4, the conflict to unite Israel under King David’s reign.
Easter Lilies Order Form is in the Narthex and by the Parish Office. Please clearly print your name and the name of the person(s) you would like to honor or memorialize. The cost is $11.00. The order deadline is March 15. You may also order by contacting the Parish Office at 812.232.4972 or Stacy.Gibbens@ielcth.org.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Genesis 32.22–32; 1 Thessalonians 4.1–7; St. Matthew 15.21–28
Hymns: 972 – 615 – 745 – 758 – 438 – 713
Order of Daily Prayer
L Make haste, O X God, to deliver me.
R Make haste to help me, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. Luke 9.28-62; Numbers 3
[T] St. Luke 10.1-22; Numbers 10
[W] St. Luke 10.38—11.13; Numbers 11
[Th] St. Luke 11.29-36; Numbers 12
[F] St. Luke 11.37-54; Numbers 13.1-25
[S] St. Luke 12.1-34; Numbers 13.26-33
Hymn of the Day or Month A Mighty Fortress is Our God (656)
Kyrie: L Lord, have mercy upon us; R Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.
Collect of the Day (bulletin)
Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer
L Bless we the Lord. R Thanks be to God.